Installing the smartphone holder onto the gun takes seconds and downloading the app from Google Play is just as easy. What we have not found easy though is navigating the app and actually playing a game with it. The app wasn't very intuitive and it would often freeze during game play. For a bunch of impatient boys, this was frustrating. We'll need to go through a tutorial to get more familiar with the Tek Recon app.
Regardless of the app situation, they were happy to get started with their new blasters. The older they get, the more discerning they are about their blasters. They pay attention to the little things now that make game play fun and winning their battle a possibility. They immediately commented on the the various features of the shooters, such a the sturdiness and realistic features like the adjustable stock and the pump action firing systems. They also loved the idea of the quick change cartridges.
The NRG ammo was looked upon with skepticism as the boys opened the packages. THe NRG ammo is different than what they have used before in other blasters. It looks like a small, thick, orange rubber band. The boys found it a bit hard to load the cartridges until they got used to the smaller pieces. The ammo goes pretty far when shot, it doesn't hurt when you get hit and the blasters are fairly accurate, but we found we had trouble getting the Hammerhead to shoot consistently without the ammo getting lodged in the chamber. And forget about trying to find all of the pieces! Their small size makes it difficult to locate, especially since the rubber component they are made of make them bounce when hitting anything super solid, like a wall or the side of the house
We received a Tek Recon Hammerhead set, which consists of 2 handheld blasters for players who like dual wielding. The Havoc is a little larger and comes with an adjustable stock.
My boys love playing strategy and battle games with all the kids in the neighborhood. I love that they have the option now of having the video part of the fun incorporated into their physical game play! More incentive for them to get outside and run around!
Check out Tek Recon's website and Facebook page for more information about where to get these fun toys, just in time for Christmas!
*Disclosure: As part of House Party's Chatterbox team, we received Tek Recon Advanced Battle Systems products to facilitate this review. I received no other compensation for this post. As always, my opinions about the product are my own, honest opinions.